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April 2009

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009 Strange Science

Yes, at the Griffith Park Observatory they have one of these

Camera Obscura, Griffith Park Observatory
Camera Obscura, Griffith Park Observatory

And in the rotunda the first exhibit visitors encountered in 1935 when the place opened the Foucault pendulum. You know the deal. The two-hundred-forty-pound brass ball, suspended on a forty foot cable, swings in a constant direction while the Earth turns beneath it.  As the day passes, the pendulum knocks over pegs set up in the pendulum pit and indicates the progress of the earth's rotation.  You can watch it all day, or you can read Umberto Eco.

Foucault pendulum, Griffith Park Observatory
Foucault pendulum, Griffith Park Observatory

Imagine a high school field trip say in 1955, in a famous movie.  James Dean, Natalie Wood and Dennis Hopper walk through this door and the lights dim Sal Mineo get scared then many other things happen.  It starts here.

Planetarium door, Griffith Park Observatory
Planetarium door, Griffith Park Observatory

When you walk out of the planetarium look up the sun is still shining

Decorative transom above main door of the Griffith Park Observatory
Flower on brass door, Griffith Park Observatory

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto.  The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

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